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IDM Pharma Receives Not Approvable Letter for Mifamurtide (L-MTP-PE) for the Treatment of Osteosarcoma
Date:8/27/2007

ents with metastatic or unresectable osteosarcoma, 39 of whom received L-MTP-PE, in the controlled Phase 3 trial conducted by the Pediatric Oncology Group (POG) and the Children's Cancer Group (CCG), now the Children's Oncology Group (COG), sponsored by the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP) of the National Cancer Institute. Also included are safety and efficacy data from 51 patients with metastatic osteosarcoma treated in earlier Phase 2 studies. The biological effects and safety of L-MTP-PE are further supported by data from 7 other Phase 1 and 2 clinical studies performed under IND, in which an additional 197 patients received at least one dose of L-MTP-PE.

L-MTP-PE stimulates the innate immune system (the body's first line of defense) to kill tumor cells. When administered in combination with chemotherapy and after tumor resection to osteosarcoma patients in the Phase 3 trial, L-MTP-PE provided a significant improvement in Disease Free Survival (DFS) (p = 0.0245) and Overall Survival (OS) (p = 0.0183). At 6 years, the probability of survival when L-MTP-PE is combined with adjuvant chemotherapy is 77% (95%CI: 72-83%) compared to 66% (95%CI: 59-73%) without L-MTP-PE, a clinically meaningful finding in a pediatric population where the longer the survival, the greater the chance the patient is cured of cancer.

Treatment with L-MTP-PE was generally well tolerated in all phases of study. Adverse events were mild to moderate in severity and included chills, fever, nausea, vomiting, myalgia, headache, tachycardia (fast heart rate), hypo- and hypertension, fatigue and shortness of breath, all of which are consistent events with the activation of monocytes and macrophages by L-MTP-PE and the flu-like symptoms that follow cytokine release.

L-MTP-PE was granted orphan drug status in the United States in 2001. The NDA for L-MTP-PE was submitted to the FDA in October 2006 and was accepted on December 26, 2006.

In May 2007, the FDA's Oncologic Dru
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